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Description: The Wardrobe
Date Listed: 28 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 319043
OS Grid Reference: SU1413429668
OS Grid Coordinates: 414134, 129668
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0662, -1.7997
SU 1429 NW 3/13 28.2.52. No 58 (The Wardrobe)
Original house on site of 1254. Present building mainly C15, heightened
C17 lath enlargement in 1705 and Cl9 alterations. Elaborate symmetrical
east front of 2 storeys and attic. Flint brick and stone rubble, with stone
quoins. Steep pitch old tile roof in 2 tiers. Tall central block with double
gabled side wings. Central block has a large central 6 light stone mullioned
and double transomed leaded casement window, originally to upper part of
hall now divided into several rooms. A triple Tudor arched early C19 red
brick arcade between wings below and behind a large blocked C13 door surround,
flat headed. Each wing has 2 2-light casements to attic level a 3 light
end 2 light stone mullioned and transomed first floor casement and formerly
similar windows, now altered on ground floor. To rear of centre part house,
originally the hall, buttress and chimney breast to north side serving former
kitchens and offices. Interior has good mid C18 staircase, open string.
Scrolled decorated brackets to tread ends, turned balusters, turned fluted
newels, moulded swept hand rail. The well has pilastered dado, the south
wall has paper mache Rococo reliefs and trophies continued on hall ceiling.
3 rooms with Rococo stucco work, pilaster framed chimney piece with carved
overmantel in dining room ceiling with eagle decorating centre panel. Drawing
room has finely carved C18 doorcases, ogee and scroll mouldings to frieze,
carved overdoors. Rococo fireplace and stucco work to ceiling. Cl7 doorways
and dado panelling on first floor. Some reset linen fold panelling, C17
attic stair. Roof of north wing contains C15 members. 6 bays. 5 trusses.
4 with cambered arched braced and chamfered collars. Only bases of arch braces
All the listed buildings in the Close form an outstanding group.
Listing NGR: SU1413529674
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Source: English Heritage
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